Buildings & Grounds
Indoor and Outdoor Space
You are invited to explore the primitive labyrinth, sculptures, and meditation garden outdoors anytime during the week. Indoor spaces are used throughout the week by members and friends, as well as by community organizations. The wood pulpit was made by Jim Woodruff as was the glass table seen in the center of the sanctuary photo at right. The linen hanging from the pulpit was made by a woman from our Oklánd , Transylvania (Romania) Partner Church using a traditional Székely design.
For more about using our space go to Rental Information.
Building & Grounds Committee
Fellowship Facility History
Our building was completed in 1992, thanks to generous donors and far-sighted members. The building was designed by architect David W. Osler, of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
NOTICE AS OF MARCH 2014: The labyrinth has suffered from weather damage this winter. It is currently closed and will be rebuilt at a later time.
The UUFA labyrinth is located in the woods behind the building, past the sculpture by Bob Clements and near the Memorial Garden. It is approached along a rustic path that leads from the playground along the edge of the ravine on the northeast edge of the property. This path will lead one through an arch created by Dan Leissner and installed by Dan and his mother Barbara Leissner.
The labyrinth was completed in 2012 following Peace Camp, but it was first conceived many years earlier in a Goddess Group program about the meaning and significance of ancient labyrinths. It is an eight-path labyrinth, laid on a hillside, and outlined in pieces of granite quarried in nearby Covington, Georgia. The site was selected as the result of dousing by Marguerite Holmes, the Rev. Terre Balof, Karen Solheim, and others. The site was initially cleared by Myrna Adams West, Herb West, and Karen Solheim. Peace Campers in 2012 helped to mark the site as part of the summer program. Four panels mark the cardinal directions of North, South, East and West. They were created by Alice Woodruff and a gift to UUFA by Edna Garst in memory of her son. The labyrinth was dedicated on March 17, 2013.
For a number of years, members and friends of UUFA have shared their joys, sorrows, and milestones in the Sunday Service and have placed a small stone in commemoration of their significant event on a labyrinth model created by Rosemary Wood. These stones (affectionately known as “Pebbles of Passion”) are collected and placed periodically in the labyrinth as a way to memorialize the joy, sorrow, or milestone.
Others who helped to make the labyrinth a reality include Susan Atkinson who shared materials about labyrinths; Morgan Watson, Director of Religious Education who led the Peace Camp; Steve Bouffard, Kasey Christian, and Anna Eidsvik who helped to lay the granite.
Members, friends, and visitors are invited and encouraged to walk the labyrinth. An offering of a special object may be left along the path or in the center.
Gateway to the Labyrinth and Memorial Woods
UUFA’s first minister, Cliff Hoffman, his wife, and one of their two sons all returned to the earth which lies beneath the benches and slates in the wooded alcove near the labyrinth. Since then, other members have chosen these sacred woods for their scattered or buried cremains. Contact Rev. Eskildsen for more information on this.
Memorial Wall and Terrace
UUFA’s new memorial area was made possible by the generous donations of two families who envisioned a special outdoor place to remember family they had loved and lost. The donors wish to remain unnamed, though we greatly appreciate their gift. The wall and terrace were designed by Julene Anderson and built by Bud Newton in 2013. Members and friends are invited to sit, remember, and rest in this sacred space accessible to wheeled walkers and wheelchairs. The memorial wall will hold plaques to commemorate loved ones who have died. The memorial area was dedicated on October 27, 2013. Please contact Rev. Eskildsen if you have questions about ash scattering or burial in UUFA’s wooded areas.
Zen Meditation Garden & Pond
At the front of the building, there is a Zen garden and pond created by Chuck and Suzanne Murphy. The grouping of three stones in a bed near the front window is a traditional element in a Zen garden, with the tall stone representing the sky, the medium stone representing man, and the flat stone representing the earth. The garden design includes a sand bed so that members and visitors can use the rake in the entryway if they feel inclined to express themselves. The pond is very popular with visitors of all ages because it’s populated with fish, frogs, snails and water lilies. The garden area was dedicated on May 27, 2012.
Outdoor sculptures by two artists in Athens, Harold Rittenberry, Jr., and Robert Clements, decorate UUFA grounds.